Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Feb 21, 2013
    By combining the deep-bass beats and fast-spitting rhymes of Trap Muzik with mature, more-to-the-story rhymes, Tip finds himself back in the limelight. [Feb-Mar 2013, p.89]
  2. Dec 31, 2012
    The project is one of his best thus far by virtue of him composing an album in which listeners can empathize with how he views religion ("Hallelujah"), the club ("Ball"), women ("Guns and Roses," "Can You Learn," and "Crusin'") and so forth.
  3. Dec 31, 2012
    T.I. is more lyrical than he often gets credit for, but it's his "swag" that truly separates him from the crowd, and Trouble Man is dripping with so much swag T.I. should bottle it and sell it.
  4. Dec 18, 2012
    This is a strong return to form for the self-proclaimed King of the South.
  5. Dec 18, 2012
    It seems cliche to say it, but Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head has a little bit for everyone.
  6. Jan 7, 2013
    Trouble Man is his first album since that second bid; it finds him finally returning to the lane that he abandoned somewhere around the time he included two Wyclef Jean songs on T.I. vs. Tip.
  7. 70
    Tip might be eager for another major hit. But fortunately, most of the album finds him delivering more modest pleasures, which, at least at the moment, work just fine, too.
  8. Feb 7, 2013
    A record that finely straddles his gruff past and glitzier present. DJ Toomp buoys T.I. on Trap Back Jumpin. An incandescent collaboration with André 3000 balances out an unfortunate Pink cameo.
  9. Jan 8, 2013
    Trouble Man's not the album you'll be recommending to less devout followers of the T.I. saga the way you would have King or Trap Muzik, but it's easily the most satisfying to fans of those albums in a long time.
  10. Dec 31, 2012
    This is a step forward from the MC's previous effort, but it's been six years since the he has made an album that must be heard.
  11. Dec 21, 2012
    His eighth album fuses lordly self-mythologizing with epic self-searching.
  12. 58
    His eighth album exhausts with pointless proclamations of hardness, only occasionally turning inward to contemplate actual heavy issues. [21 Dec 2012, p.67]
  13. Jan 8, 2013
    Trouble Man's scattershot approach makes it the realest album the guy could make in 2012, but that doesn't make it any good.
  14. Dec 18, 2012
    The one-time King of the South makes himself scarce on this anonymous and occasionally mawkish effort.
  15. Dec 18, 2012
    It surrounds a handful of his sharpest, most insightful songs with far less effective material--tracks that either vague out into club-rap utility or sag hopelessly under the weight of cornball sentiment.
  16. Dec 31, 2012
    Trouble Man is less senile in general than "Hello," but for too many of the album's 71 minutes, we listen in horror as T.I., 32, tries flaccidly to get down with the kids.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Dec 20, 2012
    I Absolutely LOVE Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head. T.I is one of my favorite rappers. This album is excellent and it just shows that T.I is still the KING. Full Review »
  2. Dec 19, 2012
    Not sure why the hate from the major critics, but this album is T.I.'s best since King. Great album, good lyrics, good beats, and a major improvement over Paper Trail and No Mercy. Easily a top ten album for the year. Full Review »
  3. Dec 20, 2012
    This is one of those albums that you don't have to skip songs. There are a couple of songs that I could do without like the aimless "Addresses". That one song does not take away from my listening pleasure though. Another gripe I have with the album is that it sometimes loses its focus even with the help of skits. The album is not perfect but it is definitely another album to add to a very strong legacy. Full Review »